Chai Tea Muffins from Gluten Free Jules (

Gluten-Free Chai Tea Muffins Jules Speaks Gluten Free

Chai Tea Muffins from Jules Speaks Gluten Free

Today for March Muffin Madness I get to share some lovely Chai Tea Muffins from my friend Jules Shepard (Gluten Free Jules)! Her muffins are gluten free, with dairy-free and refined sugar-free options. But first, let me share a few words on Jules.

Jules is probably best known for her Jules Gluten Free line of products, including her super popular gluten-free all-purpose flour mix, but in the simplest of terms, Jules is an advocate for all who live gluten free. (UPDATE:  Jules has a new company, Gluten Free Jules at, and needs your support. Learn more and learn how to give back to Jules.) She co-founded the First Gluten-Free Labeling Summit to call the FDA to task when it wasn’t going forward with its promise to establish “gluten-free” labeling guidelines. The summit resulted in the Tallest Gluten-Free Cake and ultimately the FDA set the gluten-free labeling guidelines, which will finally go into effect August 1 of this year.

Jules Shepard Jules Speaks Gluten Free

Jules has three “traditional” books in print. The First Year:  Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free is a month-by-month reference for individuals newly diagnosed with celiac or anyone making the transition to living gluten free.  Her first book, Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating, continues to be a best-seller in the gluten-free community.  Her latest book is Free for All Cooking (see my review and Jules’ Coffee Cake recipe), which offers recipes that work for everyone, just like the title indicates. Jules always shares recipes like that today. She gives you lots of different options to make her recipes work for your needs.  Jules also has a slew of ebooks (including her latest, her Gluten-Free Pizza Ebook). (UPDATE:  This books are not currently available but, hopefully, they will be once again soon as Jules’ new company moves forward. Offering your support to Jules will help with that!)

Jules hosts The Gluten-Free Voice, a really helpful and interesting gluten-free radio show online, too. All shows are archived so you can listen to the live shows or whenever you like. (I’ve been honored to be the featured guest on her show twice!) And that’s just a little of what Jules does for the gluten-free community! For example, as I write this post, she’s in New York City training chefs from all over on how to prepare gluten-free meals that are truly gluten free, free of cross contact. (Thank you, Jules!) And she’s doing  that on her daughter’s birthday! (By the way, that’s her daughter “helping” in the last photo. So these muffins are definitely kid-approved!)

Oh, and last but not least, Jules will be presenting at the Gluten-Free Living Conference in Orlando next month as well as the Blogger University event that is also happening that weekend. I and several other gluten-free blogger friends will be attending. (Some of them will also be presenting; read more in my post on the event.)


Enjoy today’s recipe in our series (see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, AND a Blendtec! Yes, the folks at Blendtec are giving away one of their awesome all-in-one kitchen applicances! These are all terrific kitchen tools! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so I you’re missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.)

Jules’ Chai Tea Muffins Recipe

Grabbing One of Jules' Gluten-Free Chai Muffins

Chai Tea Muffins from Jules Speaks Gluten Free
  • ¼ cup granulated cane sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter or non-dairy alternative (I used Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar or 4 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup “natural” applesauce (e.g. no sugar added), pumpkin butter, apple butter OR mashed banana (approx. 1 overripe banana)
  • 1 cup Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour (see notes)
  • ½ cup almond meal or buckwheat flour
  • 2 Tbs. flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 2 Tbs. mesquite flour or unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup Jules Gluten Free™ Certified Gluten-Free Oats (or other certified gluten-free oats) or ¼ cup whole millet
  • 2 tsp. gluten-free baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda ½ cup chai tea latte concentrate (CalNaturale™ Spiced Chai Svelte™ or Oregon Chai® Latte Concentrate) or steep 3 chai tea bags (like these) in ½ cup very warm milk (dairy or non-dairy) then set aside to cool
  • ½ cup raisins or diced apples (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F Convection or 350 static.
  2. Coat 15 muffin tins or 24 mini muffin tins with cooking oil or line with muffin papers.
  3. Whip sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and stir. Mix in agave nectar and applesauce until combined. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mix while slowly pouring in the chai tea. Mix until smooth.
  4. Fill the muffin tins ⅔ full and bake until they are light brown: approximately 11-12 minutes for mini muffins or 20-25 minutes for regular muffins.
Yield: Approximately 12-15 muffins or 24 mini-muffins.

Shirley here: Jules uses her Jules Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour in all her baking so that's what she used in this recipe. Therefore, she has not tested any other flour mixes and can't comment on how those might work. If you have her Free For All Cooking cookbook, you might try her substitute gluten-free flour mix (for when you don't have her flour mix) that's made from individual gluten-free flours and starches. If you substitute another gluten-free flour mix, please come back and share your results with us all in comments.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, Whole Food Fridays.

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65 Responses to “Chai Tea Muffins from Gluten Free Jules (”

  1. Sharon on March 4th, 2014 11:03 pm

    What a unique muffin. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try them!!!

  2. Debbie Sandland on March 5th, 2014 8:01 pm

    Must try these – my husband is celiac and now 2 granddaughters are going gluten-free and dairy-free, so I need more good recipes like this!

  3. julie on March 5th, 2014 8:58 pm

    chai tea always sounded so good to me, yet I have yet to try it. These muffins would give me a great excuse to not only try chai but to bake!

  4. Binie on March 6th, 2014 9:35 am

    Chai tea sounds great mans like unbelievable work! It’s a Shame I have yet to try it or hear about it after 8 years of being gluten free!

  5. Laureen on March 6th, 2014 9:48 pm

    Um. Yes please! Chai spice is the only tea i drink anymore… think I need to make these muffins to go with a hot cuppa.

  6. Bri on March 7th, 2014 2:01 pm

    Muffins? Good. Tea? Good. Sounds like a delicious combo!

  7. Lindsay Ham on March 7th, 2014 4:46 pm

    I’m so intrigued by these! They sound so yummy!

  8. Molly (Sprue Story) on March 7th, 2014 5:44 pm

    Oooh, I love anything chai-spiced. These sound and look absolutely delicious (no big surprise, coming from Jules Shepard!).

    • jules on March 18th, 2014 7:11 pm

      Ah, thanks Molly! Hope you enjoy them!

  9. Sarah on March 7th, 2014 6:46 pm

    I’ve just recently become obsessed with chai tea so these look wonderful!

  10. Sheila S on March 7th, 2014 10:34 pm

    Sound tasty but too many ingredients that I don’t have on hand and don’t know if I would use again.

  11. Lorri T on March 7th, 2014 11:22 pm


  12. Kristen on March 7th, 2014 11:44 pm

    Love chai spices!

  13. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva on March 8th, 2014 10:13 am

    Some great original ingredients here….whole millet and chai tea! Mesquite flour! Too creative not to try!

  14. Karen on March 8th, 2014 1:50 pm

    Love the thought of a chai muffin! Love the tea, sure a muffin would be a great breakfast.

  15. Jamie on March 8th, 2014 9:30 pm

    Sounds delightful

  16. Emily on March 9th, 2014 12:55 am

    I never would have thought to put chai in a muffin but it sounds great!

  17. mysweetiepiepie on March 9th, 2014 11:45 am

    These look so amazing!

  18. Venessa F. on March 9th, 2014 2:50 pm

    My favorite tea is chai, but I’ve never thought to bake with it. Awesome!

  19. insiya on March 10th, 2014 4:45 am

    What a great idea! This would be perfect for my chai loving family!

  20. Carina on March 10th, 2014 3:36 pm

    These sound good! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Elise Braverman-Plotkin on March 10th, 2014 7:33 pm

    Can you use an egg substitute? I have an egg allergic daughter. My DH would love these though – he loves chai tea.

    • jules on March 18th, 2014 7:12 pm

      I would try it with the flaxseed meal + warm water egg substitute. I think that should work just fine!

  22. Linda S on March 10th, 2014 9:29 pm

    Mmm, yummm!

  23. Tracey on March 11th, 2014 10:29 am

    I love chai tea

  24. Heather on March 12th, 2014 9:05 pm

    I like chai, so this could be a tasty combo!

  25. clarissa west on March 12th, 2014 10:38 pm

    Sound yummy!

  26. Andrea Padgett on March 12th, 2014 11:59 pm

    Although I am not a big fan of chai tea, I think I would like these muffins!

  27. Teufelchen on March 13th, 2014 1:59 am

    Too bad, that most GF Flours contain rice, maybe I can come up with an alternative.

  28. Bev maiers on March 13th, 2014 8:41 am

    Love Chai! I’m sure it will be awesome in a muffin too.

  29. Laurel on March 13th, 2014 10:59 am

    I think I’m going to have to break the boycott and finally try some world reknowned chai tea. The things I’ll do for a delicious snack. lol

  30. Ronalyn Hurley on March 13th, 2014 3:13 pm

    I think I’ll try these with apples.

  31. Terisa on March 13th, 2014 4:24 pm

    Oh I love chai tea it’s one of my favorites

  32. Cheryl Harris on March 13th, 2014 10:28 pm

    So jazzed to see these. I have a chai tea cake and hubby said I was crazy to put tea in a cake…seems like I’m not the only one!

    • jules on March 18th, 2014 7:13 pm

      Definitely not crazy, Cheryl! Creative! :)

  33. Mary Tokar on March 14th, 2014 12:13 am

    looks like I have everything to make these!

  34. Susan on March 15th, 2014 11:31 am

    These muffins sure look delicious!

  35. patricia on March 15th, 2014 10:54 pm

    I have never tried chai tea, but heard much about it. These muffins sure look yummy though.

  36. Christa on March 16th, 2014 11:02 am

    I love the color of them. I am relatively new to gluten free cooking and am not used to the lack of golden brown color you obtain when baking with wheat. The appearance of these is more that of a traditionally wheat based muffin without the wheat. :) Brilliant!!!

    • jules on March 18th, 2014 7:13 pm

      I hope you do get to try them, Christa!

  37. Lisa Rago on March 18th, 2014 1:22 pm

    Love her flour. Will definitely try these.

    • jules on March 18th, 2014 7:14 pm

      So glad, Lisa!

  38. Katie on March 18th, 2014 1:28 pm

    I’m a consultant with Steeped Tea and always looking for tasty recipes I can incorporate tea into! This is great!

  39. Kim on March 18th, 2014 4:15 pm

    Have you tried them with the chocolate chai?

  40. jules on March 18th, 2014 7:14 pm

    I haven’t, Kim, but why wouldn’t that be totally delicious?!

  41. Michelle Cantwell on March 18th, 2014 9:50 pm

    Love chai so these should be great!!

  42. Kinsey on March 20th, 2014 1:25 am

    I can almost smell them looking at the picture

  43. Heather on March 20th, 2014 3:22 pm

    These look really yummy!

  44. Linda on March 21st, 2014 2:00 pm

    Great idea. Looking forward to trying these.

  45. Kay on March 22nd, 2014 12:11 am

    What an interesting recipe, love all the options.

  46. Helen V on March 22nd, 2014 6:33 pm

    I love chai and these look fantastic!

  47. Erin on March 25th, 2014 3:33 pm

    Love all the options. Can’t wait to try these!

  48. Mackenzie on March 26th, 2014 11:27 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE chai! Can’t wait to try this recipe! My mouth is watering *drool*

  49. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 8:46 pm

    It’s great that you can use either apple sauce or banana, and, either buckwheat or almond meal.

  50. susan reed on March 29th, 2014 6:57 pm


  51. susan reed on March 29th, 2014 7:58 pm

    trying for Sunday Brunch tomorrow

  52. Janis S on March 29th, 2014 10:43 pm

    I love chai tea, so these definitely caught my eye!

  53. Lewann Rice on March 29th, 2014 11:34 pm

    Sounds amazing!

  54. Carrie on March 31st, 2014 10:23 pm

    Chai tea goodness — wow!

  55. Melanie Binkley on March 31st, 2014 10:28 pm


  56. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 10:58 pm

    Yum, Oregon Chai is a favourite around here – these sound delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  57. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:08 pm

    I’m always so happy to find recipes without gluten OR eggs! Thank you. Looks yummy!

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